Gov. Pat McCrory is getting all kinds of feedback on unemployment and Medicaid expansion, Lynn Bonner reports.
On Friday, he received a petition from Action NC with nearly 9,000 signatures asking him to expand Medicaid as allowed under the Affordable Care Act. Expanding Medicaid would give about 500,000 more people health insurance. McCrory has said the Medicaid system is "broken" and needs to be fixed before lots more people are allowed to use it.
Kevin Rogers of Action NC doesn't think McCrory is going to change his mind. "There's aways a chance, but not a very large chance of that happening right now," Rogers said. The petition is to demonstrate support for expansion.
Three of the state's Democratic congressmen sent McCrory a letter saying expansion would help the uninsured and the economy. The letter quotes information from a report that expansion would create 26,000 jobs.
"Given the economic, social, and fiscal benefits of Medicaid expansion, it is no wonder that a growing number of states - under both Democratic and Republican leadership - have chosen to implement the law," said the letter signed by U.S. Reps. David Price, G.K. Butterfield and Mel Watt.
The Rev. William Barber, president of the state NAACP sent McCrory a letter asking him to veto a bill that cuts unemployment benefits. McCrory is expected to sign it.
Barber gets Biblical in his letter, quoting Isaiah 10
"Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless."